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DUTA writes to VC regarding Revised UG Curriculum

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DUTA has written to the Vice-Chancellor, voicing a number of concerns about the proposed revisions to the undergraduate curriculum structure.

Read further for a breakdown.

Teachers’ Primary Concerns with Revised Curriculum

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DUTA primarily highlighted the decreased credit requirements for students in its letter. The revised structure has brought down required credits to 164 for four years. For three-year honourable degrees, the credits have also been brought down to 132. Practically all teacher organizations at the university have raised their voice regarding this credit reduction.

According to the letter, a decrease in credits will result in academic dilution, ebbing from fewer direct teaching hours for students. This, coupled with a reduction in teaching burden, could furthermore lead to job losses for many teachers.

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Additionally, according to DUTA, a reduction in credits violates the latest UG curriculum framework. The previous structure had been approved by the Academic and Executive Councils in August 2021. It had included 196 credits for four years and 148 credits for three years.

The DUTA also restated its call for ad-hoc faculty absorption, emphasising the importance of stability for the effective execution of reforms.

Too Many Structural Changes in Recent Years

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As per DUTA’s letter to DU VC Yogesh Singh, the University has undergone numerous structural and course adjustments in recent decades. This series of revisions began with the introduction of the semester system to LOCF. According to the DUTA’s claims, in the name of reforms, these hasty and careless adjustments have resulted in adhocism, instability, and dilution of academics.

As a result, the institution must exercise caution and conduct thorough talks with all stakeholders on a curriculum framework inclusive of a full syllabus. As per the letter, careful preparations in terms of physical facilities, other resources, and permanent faculty is also essential.

For any meaningful reform (if necessary at all) and academic stability, the university should consider, and actually absorb working ad-hoc teachers. This absorption can be through a one-time special ordinance to have permanent faculty in each discipline of study.

Finally, the Association’s letter also requested an examination of the various departure alternatives after the first or second year. The letter added- “as such, there seems to be no benefit of this scheme and it may dissuade students from completing their graduation.” (quote from The Indian Express)

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